Munro Martin Parklands hosts Bolshoi Ballet

A performance by Russia’s world renowned Bolshoi Ballet will be screened live, free and on the big screen at Munro Martin Parklands (MMP).

Cairns has been selected as one of eight Queensland cities and towns to host the free simulcast of Yuri Grigorovich’s Spartacus direct from the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) on Saturday July 6.

Acting Mayor Terry James said the open-air experience of Munro Martin Parklands would deliver a uniquely Far Northern experience.

“Ballet remains one of the most popular art forms in the region and previous performances have sold out,” he said.

“We are taking this simulcast to MMP to allow more people to enjoy one of the world’s premiere ballet companies perform its signature show on the big screen.”

A non-ticketed event, the Bolshoi Ballet simulcast at MMP can accommodate up to 3000 people.

QPAC Chief Executive John Kotzas said he hoped audiences in Cairns would make the most of the opportunity.

“Simulcast audiences will see Spartacus from ‘the best seats’ in the house. They will also enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews prior to the performance,” Mr Kotzas said.

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the simulcasts would open up a world-class event to audiences around the state.

“The Bolshoi Ballet’s performances are a highlight of the state’s It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar, which is expected to generate $800 million for Queensland’s economy in 2019,” Ms Jones said.

“Opening up our major events across the state boosts Queensland’s profile as the place to experience events.”

The simulcast of Bolshoi Ballet’s Spartacus on Saturday 6 July at Munro Martin Parklands is a free, non-ticketed event. Gates open at 5pm for a 7pm start. The show is 3 hours and 20 minutes and includes two intervals. Patrons are encouraged to bring rugs or low set chairs and a picnic (no BYO alcohol). A licensed bar and food vendors will be on site.

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